Tuesday news day: Equine botulism blog launches, Ask the Vet event planned

mare and foalThe more you know, the better prepared you can be.

It’s that thought that led to the creation of Neogen’s newest site, the Equine Botulism Blog.

Our goal is to provide owners, veterinarians, horse lovers, industry officials and the public with all of the information available on this deadly disease so the best choices can be made for the animals they care for.

Equine botulism is caused by bacteria that live in materials horses have contact with every day – soil, forage, housing facilities and even water. It can infect horses via wounds or through ingestion of food containing spores or toxin. Once infected, the neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum wreaks havoc on a horse’s nerve function, eventually leading to paralysis and even death.

Although equine botulism occurs most often in the Eastern U.S., outbreaks can occur anywhere and have been reported from Maine to Florida to California.

So, what can you expect from the Equine Botulism Blog? Since 1987, Neogen has been the source for the only approved equine botulism type B vaccine, BotVax B. More than 80 percent of equine botulism cases are caused by botulism type B. During that time, we’ve seen firsthand the devastating effects this disease can have on horses and their owners, who may not know what’s happening to their companion. With this in mind, we created the equine botulism blog to be a resource for all those who work with horses. In addition to relevant blog posts and botulism news, the blog also will be a home for Neogen’s botulism knowledge, including key facts about botulism, prevention, outbreaks, resources and stories from those who have dealt with equine botulism.

You can find the blog at www.equinebotulism.com or by using the Neogen websites drop down menu at the top of the Neogen Blog homepage. You can also follow our equine and companion animal Twitter feed, @Neogen_Vet.

Ask the Vet Live event – Botulism and horses

Join Neogen’s Dr. James Little and University of Pennsylvania assistant professor Dr. Amy Johnson at 7:50 p.m., Thursday, April 25, for an Ask the Vet Live event on equine botulism, hosted by TheHorse.com. You can submit questions or sign up for an e-mail reminder here.

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